I bought this hunter feeder for my cats.
So. I got it because I was concerned that the Kitten, whose not a kitten anymore, was bored and starting to act odd as a result.
First you try to show the cats that their food is in the toy by using the little plastic trainer with too many holes. The trainer has so many holes that any movement will knock out food.
Then you put fill mice up and put them in the place of their food dish. Then when they figure out how to extract the food, you start to move the mice to other places in the house. So they have to hunt and play to get it.
Concerns: Feeding Time is no longer an easy scoop and pour on the dish process. Putting Food into the mice is annoying at best. The provide an absolutely useless scoop that appears to be purpose made for the process but make it worse. I got more food on the counter and floor filling mice than in the mice. I have finally given up on their scoop. I used my old scoop, keep the mouse just slightly inside the food bag while I pour into the mouse. It solves the mess but it’s still more time consuming and involved.
Food is on the floor. If they don’t eat all of the food they knock out, you may well step in it. Also you have food on the floor when you don’t step in it. Which bothers me. It makes my apartment feel dirty.
I’ve stepped on mice in the middle of the night, twice now. Not enjoyable.
I’ve been woken up by mice hitting the hardwood floor from the desktop at least once.
My cats are apparently lazy and/or smart. I put out mice and they yowl like they are starving. They know the food is in the mice, I have not started hiding the mice although I have been putting them around the house to give them the idea that food is no longer just in one place. I do it with them following me, so I’m not sure “hiding” will ever be possible.
At least one of them is fully aware of how to manage the mice to get food because yesterday when I came home from work and today when i woke up the mice were empty and the food eaten. But I don’t know if it’s both of them or just one. They will not eat from the mice if I’m home and awake. Apparently hoping I will offer up the buffet style they prefer.
Because I don’t know if both of them know how to use the mice I have a bit of food anxiety for them.
Nearly all of the above are concerns from my human perspective. I bought these for a purpose. To keep a bored cat more interested in his daily life. It’s hard to say if it’s working. He’s not been acting out in obsessive ways, which was the thing that triggered my concern.
I intend to keep using them until or unless it becomes a problem from the cat’s perspective. Beyond their lazy preference for buffet food.